Origin of the Name Healy
The ancient history of the name Healy
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Healy
include Healey, O'Healy, and O'Healey. This name is derived from the Gaelic O'hEalaighthe sept of Munster Province and from the O'hEilidhe sept of Connaught Province. These sept names are taken from Gaelic words that translate as 'ingenious' and 'claimant' respectively.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
In the ancient texts 'The Four Masters' a Dermot O'Healy is recorded. The larger sept is that of Munster . Several places in Ireland perpetuate the name, such as Ballyhely in County Wexford. Patrick O'Healy, a Franciscan, was the last Bishop of Mayo before it was united with Tuam, who, in 1579, was tortured and martyred.
The Healy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Healy descendants.